Oriental style is subdivided into “Morocco”, “Egyptian”, general “Arabic”, “Persian”, “Indian”, “Chinese”, eclectic “Asian”. Among this diversity, the laconic Japanese bathroom style stands out from the crowd. In order to follow this style it is not necessary to purchase everything from “made in Japan”, it would be enough to choose (and the market is inexhaustible with regard to the diversity of suggestions) elements, harmonizing well with each other and similar in their type and texture.
The bathroom a la Japanese should be ergonomic i.e. the most comfortable for a physical and spiritual condition, facilitate first of all maximum relaxation and conciliation and then filling with a powerful energy flow. In the bathroom, you do not just clean your body, but you take the whole ritual of purification which touches not only your body but also your soul. In the Japanese version, it may be compared to playing the music with the overture, exposition, development, culmination and the happy ending. For each step separate division into the focus zones is provided:
For changing, the wash-up sinks are also placed here.
The very bathtub (ofuro), filled with very hot water (according to the Europeans – 40о and more) with the fragrances and aroma (for complete relaxation). In order for the water not to cool the bottom stove heater is used and the rubber or wooden cover above.
The bathtub of the special rectangular form for the dry steam purification (with the use of cuttings, most often, cedar).
Separate large and small toilet zone.
The areas are separated by the movable partitions (sliding doors), wooden or glass panels, transparent oil cloth, floor lever elevation (placement of participants on podiums) or inline arrangement of separate parts.
Classic Japanese interior style for bathroom
For the interior decoration in the classic Japanese style only natural materials should be selected – wood, stone, glass, in modern variants – innovative materials, but on the order of natural. The ceramic tiles (walls, floor), bamboo (wallpapers, partitions, blinds, ceiling), rice paper (partitions), woven canes (blinds, partitions). Galvanized metal and acryl are the tribute to the modern technologies, are used mainly for the production of bathtubs or ceiling constructions in the stylish interiors.
The central item of bathroom composition is the bathtub (types – ofuro, furo, furaco), which should be taken in the sitting or reclining position (in order for the hot water not to reach the heart area), therefore, the traditional font has the barrel-like shape. Previously, for its production the special hard wood was used (Khinoku), moisture-resistant, having the antibacterial properties, hindering the mold impact. Now this is not mandatory, the bathroom fixtures may be used made of materials habitual for the Europeans.
Shelves with the open facades serve for placement different bathroom elements or décor elements.
High level of the Japanese technologies touched also upon such conservative space as the bathroom, bringing here the electric heaters (complying with all norms of safe use in the bathrooms), towel and bathroom clothes dryers. The form and color help the devices to harmonize well with the interior.
The palette of the decoration complies with the natural, reminding the colors of earth, stones, rocks, sand, consequently, all these shades of brown, beige, sandy, milk-white, pearl. The presence of colors contrasting with the main color gamma is compulsory – red, green, which ruin the monotonicity and create the energetic accent.
Decorating the bathroom in the Japanese style, please remember, that space is its key value is, elegant simplicity, the absence of unnecessary details. You may restrict yourself to the color combinations, tile painting with the vegetable patterns in pastel colors, use of pebble, texture tiles. Choosing the sculpture or the wall painting, it would be preferable to choose a single variant. The décor elements may be represented by matting, carpets and live plants. The landscape out of the window may become a perfect decoration of the interior, and if there is no beautiful view, you may use the film with the landscape pattern.